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Introduction: Global Governance in the Interregnum

Pegram, T; Acuto, M; (2015) Introduction: Global Governance in the Interregnum. Millennium: Journal of International Studies , 43 (2) pp. 584-597. 10.1177/0305829814562017. Green open access

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Global governance is in flux. Scholarship on the practice of global governance has reimagined it as a realm of disputes and confrontation, rather than one of interest-alignment within multilateral interstate forums. A profound sense of governance deficit is provoking critical reflection both within the corridors of power and among practitioners and scholars. A call within academic circles for renewed reflection on global governance as a practice-oriented scholarship has elicited varied responses from the international relation (IR) fraternity. In taking stock of the state of the art of ‘global governance theory’, a number of scholars have advocated for its revival to be grounded in the kind of critical reflection often absent from mainstream IR discussion. Others contest any meaningful demarcation between IR and global governance scholarship. This forum responds to a number of converging developments. Situating contributions broadly within the notion of an interregnum, it is a first cut towards a more innovative global governance research and practice-oriented agenda. We focus, in particular, on reframing the problematique of global governance from one dominated by multilateral interstate geopolitics, towards a critical reappraisal of both structure and political economy in light of the evident complexity of global governance systems.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction: Global Governance in the Interregnum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0305829814562017
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305829814562017
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2014.
Keywords: global governance, international organization, theory development, complexity, disciplinarity
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1462799
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